Health Professions: Regulation

Department of Health written question – answered on 25th November 2015.

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Photo of Ben Howlett Ben Howlett Conservative, Bath

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the regulation of nurses and midwives remains appropriate for the health and social care environment as it evolves.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department is taking forward a Section 60 Order (of the Health Act 1999) which will remove statutory midwifery supervision from the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC’s) governing legislation.

The Department is also in discussions with the NMC on what other reforms may be achieved through the Order.

The Orderwill be subject to a full public consultation early next year.

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